Friday, May 20, 2011

Odells Double Pilsner is back!

order Odells online 

Odells Double Pilsner....$9.99 / 4pk
We feel the eyes of tradition upon us whenever we brew our Double Pilsner. But this beer is not just our tribute to the classic Bohemian pilsner – it’s our own craft interpretation of it. Refreshing and delicate yet bold and assertive, its clear golden color leaves nowhere for imperfections to hide but plenty of room for mystery.

8.1% ABV


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Maynard James Keenan, for all intents and purposes, a Rock Star. The co-founder of rock music acts TOOL, a perfect circle, and Puscifer now enters into a new realm where he is an unknown...........winemaker. picture from Tool Projects

The wines of Maynard James Keenan

Arizona Stronghold DALA, Apache for “ONE”...$19.99

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon has power and subtlety with a solid bouquet of black currant, cassis, spice cake, fennel and graphite. There is a nice depth of flavors showing dark berry, dried cherry, cola, sassafras, cocoa powder and clove, with velvety tannins, structured acid, and a rich persistent finish. This young wine is very Bordeaux in style, we suggest decanting it prior to enjoying.
Enjoy with juicy steaks, grilled hamburgers or portabella mushrooms. Pairs nicely with rich meats and sauces.
Ageing: Neutral Oak, French, American
Cases: 960


2008 Arizona Stronghold "Nachise"....$21.99
52% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, and 6% Mourvedre

The bulk of the grapes that went into this wine came from the middle aged and “Norte” blocks of Arizona Stronghold Vineyard. The middle aged block is planted to an unknown syrah clone that was acquired by Al Buhl of Dos Cabazas in the early 1990’s. At picking, this fruit had very rustic flavors with good acidity and a lot of earth, spice, dark fruit and leafy characters. The syrah from the Norte block is a clone from Australia known as Shiraz-1. It showed more tannin on the palate with brighter, fresher fruit characters as well a lavender and pepper. Norte was also the primary source for the grenache and petite sirah that went into this wine which lent red fruit and a deep color, respectively.

This wine has beautiful aromas of concentrated dark fruits, mocha, tar, sweet cigar smoke, hints of black tea, star anise and pumpkin spice. The palate is immediately full and textured, with alluring crushed blackberry, plumb, raspberry jam and hints of stone fruits, transitioning to plenty of mid palate grip and underlying nuances of dried rosemary and bittersweet cocoa; leading to a very balanced and multi-layered finish.
2006 Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra....$18.99 / 750mlAnother project from Maynard James Keenan, it his wine from California.
The Chupacabra is the "shape shifter" - a wine that changes from vintage to vintage. The 2006 is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Sangiovese blend

MO beer news....

 A few new registrations for Missouri...
Urban Chestnut just got a few more draft beers registered:
Urban Chestnut Maximilian Wheat Bock
Urban Chestnut Urbanator Doppelbock 

And the Boulevard Deschutes Collaboration official label got approved...


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fresh Stone arrived yesterday!

Stone - new shipment
 at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth now!
Stone 6 packs are back in stock and bottled 5/8/11.  Everything is bottled in May - the Sublimely is 5/11/11
Still no special St. Louis back label though on the IPA

Stone IPA....$9.69 / 6pk
Stone IPA...$3.79 / 22oz

An "India Pale Ale" by definition is highly hopped and high in alcohol - you'll find our Stone India Pale Ale to be true to style with a huge hop aroma, flavor and bitterness throughout. If you're a hop-head like us, then you'll love our Stone India Pale Ale! Medium malt character with a heavy dose of over the top hops! Generous "dry hopping" gives this beer its abundant hop aroma and crisp hop flavor.

Hop Variety:Columbus, Chinook & Centennial
ALC/VOL 6.9%, 77 IBUs
Rated 100/100 RateBeer

Stone Levitation Ale...$9.69 / 6pk
It's been said that "Gravity Sucks." Simple enough. Well, we at Stone have identified gravitational forces in the beer world. And we have come to the conclusion that they, well, see above. So we avoid these less-than-desirable gravitational forces. We avoid dumbed-down flavor profiles and the vigorous pursuit of the lowest common denominator. We avoid big dollar marketing mentalities. We avoid additives, cheap adjuncts, stabilizers and chemical preservatives. So in the defiance of gravity we bring you Stone Levitation Ale. This deep amber ale has rich malt flavors, a big hoppy character, citrus overtones (courtesy of the hops and our special brewers yeast) and modest alcohol.

Rated 94/100 RateBeer

Stone Pale Ale....$9.69 / 6 pk
Our flagship ale, Stone Pale Ale is our Southern California interpretation of the classic British pale ale style. Deep amber in color, Stone Pale Ale is robust and full flavored. A delicate hop aroma is complemented by a rich maltiness. This is an ale for those who have learned to appreciate distinctive flavor. Stone Pale Ale is great by itself, or with food that requires a beer of character.

Rated 96/100 RateBeer
Hop Variety:Columbus & Ahtanum
ALC/VOL 5.4%, 41 IBUs

Stone Ruination IPA...$14.99 / 6 pack
Stone Ruination IPA....$5.49 / 22oz 
So called because of the "ruinous" effect on your palate! This massive hop monster has a wonderfully delicious and intensely bitter flavor on a refreshing malt base. One taste and you can easily see why we call this brew "a liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Those who seek, crave and rejoice in beers with big, bold, bitter character will find true nirvana in Stone Ruination IPA!

Rated 100/100 RateBeer
Hop Variety: Columbus & Centennial
ALC/VOL 7.7%, 100+ IBUs

Stone Smoked Porter...$3.79 / 22oz
So you think you don't like dark beer? Prepare to believe. This is no ordinary porter. And if you are already among the enlightened who appreciate a fine ebony-hued ale, we think you will find Stone Smoked Porter to be a poignant addition to your repertoire. This beer pours a gorgeous deep mahogany crowned by a creamy head. Dark, smooth and complex, with rich chocolate and coffee flavors balanced by a subtle smokiness, this brew is equally delicious with meats or fine chocolates.

Rated 99/100 RateBeer
Stone Cali Belgique IPA...$5.49 / 22oz
When reading the name "Stone Cali-Belgique IPA", "Cali" hints that it is a California-style IPA, and this brew has an undeniable Belgian influence, indicated by the word "Belgique" (which is how Belgium's French-speaking population says the word "Belgian"; the Dutch-speaking Belgians say "BelgiĆ«"). We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that illuminates a fascinating new aspect of the beer that is otherwise quite simply Stone IPA. The result is both completely new and different, while still being recognizable as a Stone brew—and Stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.
Rated 98/100 RateBeer


Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale....$5.49 / 22oz
"Black IPA"
We're brewers whose substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows us to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self-righteous ale. Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale. Yes, we damn well know our stuff here at Stone, and it would be irresponsible of us not to acknowledge how remarkable this heavenly creation of ours is. Thus the name we are compelled to give it --- Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale --- serves as a reminder of just how good we are, in both liquid and verbal form.

We're certainly not perfect. Too often, we allow our modesty to get the best of us as we're simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio. When you're good, you're good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it. Others benefit from knowing. In this case, we find that we are compelled to point out how amazing this ale is that we rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

First brewed in 2007 as the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this ale was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didn't last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldn't be any more. For us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this ale. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self-righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.
Rated 100/100 RateBeer

Oaked Arrogant Bastard...$14.99 / 6pk
This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory --- maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

Too many strive towards complacency as a goal. We grow up thinking that the ability to become complacent is the equivalence of success in life. True Arrogant Bastards know that this could not be further from the truth. The real beauty, richness and depth in life can only be found if the journey through life itself is looked upon as a constant chance to learn, live and find life’s passion. Passion threatens the complacent, and fills them with fear. Fear of the new, the deep and the different. We, on the other hand, seek it out. Endlessly, joyously...and aggressively. To this end we bring you the “OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale.” Another reward for those seeking new sources of passion, and another point of dissension for those who are not.
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Arrogant Bastard...$3.99 / 22oz
This is an aggressive ale. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory–maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny - a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale…even outright attempts to copy it… but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance!
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pappy Van Winkle

Looking for Pappy Van Winkle? 

Sorry, we have sold out.

We got a pathetic amount.  

We have
10 year old 90 proof....$29.99
12 year Old Lot "B"....$38.99
15 year Old...$44.99

Each person can get 1 bottle total.
Put in the notes your order of preference.
I will take the orders as they arrive and allocate out until each is sold out going down your list of preference. 

If the click the button and there it says "no products" found that means I have turned it off already and it is sold out.   Even if you get your order in, it is still no guarantee, I might not have gotten it "turned off" in time.

 I will post the link at about 1:45 today!  So you get a chance to read this first and plan --Good luck, and thanks.
There is really no fair way for these small amounts -- sorry.

SOLD Out now--
I will be emailing soon to confirm everybody that made it in -- give me a few minutes.